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Under the guidance of the Project Manager, the Agribusiness Facilitator - Agribusiness for Women Empowerment will be responsible for the delivery of business facilitation services in the communities. To support women in refugee and host communities to establish new businesses and/or expand businesses in the prioritized value chains. S/He will offer business support services to individuals and groups as well as facilitating linkages with commercial service providers. The Business Facilitator will report to the project manager.
The Agri-business Facilitator will work closely with the Project Manager (PM) and community facilitators, community agro-entrepreneurs, to support agribusiness development activities to increase the overall level of competitiveness of women in refugee and host communities in the selected value chains and other non -agricultural employment opportunities within the project area. S/he will be responsible for the oversight of field-based business development activities. S/he will collaborate with women agri-enterprises (agri-hubs, off takers, Self Help Groups (SHGs), private sector and regulatory bodies/ boards to enhance value-chain actors’ benefits and leverage service delivery at each level of contact with both women entrepreneurs/farmers and customers. S/he will also work closely with private sector players (processors, input suppliers, financial service providers), government agencies and development partners to design and implement appropriate business cases and interventions that improve the business performance of the women enterprises.
ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS:
Energetic, positive, team player, result orientated, quality orientated, collaborative, leadership, pragmatic, and inspirational.
**RESPONSIBILITIES & DELIVERABLES:
**A. Ensure setup of women Agribusiness Hubs and Sustainability (40%)
Ensure that Agri-hubs) in the project area operate as profitable entities through increased crop production, and provision of business development services to increase the value proposition of the POs to farmers and improve farmer loyalty.
Support project teams to identify business development needs for clients and create linkages for additional services.
Understanding business needs, applying knowledge in support of their development and the education of local entrepreneurs
Ensure that the agri-hubs within the project area have an efficient and functional commodity supply chain by establishing collection centers/points.
Support agri-hubs to identify potential priority areas of investment and develop business strategies/plans that will address the constraints for maximizing opportunities within commodity value chains
Partnerships developed with key stakeholders in the selected commodity value chains including contracts with off takers, input suppliers, financial service providers, government agencies and development partners among others to ensure farmers have access to the necessary inputs and services to increase production and productivity.
Ensure that Self Help Groups (SHGs) and agri-hubs have access to inputs, services and markets that are important to increase production, productivity, and incomes.
Ensure agri-hubs have functional systems and structures including the requisite policies and standard operating procedures.
Support the establishment and/or strengthening of at least one apex body to provide services to the member agri-hub.
**B. Capacity Building of Agri-hubs and SHGs on Leadership and Governance (30%)
C. Employ Social Capital Development (SCD) as a foundation for strong and sustainable hubs (20%)
D. Planning, reporting and documentation (10%)
**May perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned.
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Deadline for submission: September 9th 2022.